Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers conjures up ideals of kindness, patience, and optimism. Those of us who grew up in his Neighborhood of Make-Believe are well-versed in his lessons on sharing, friendship, and inclusivity. We all know and love him for being the every-child advocate he was. The name Fred ... » Learn More about Attitudes are Caught, Not Taught: The Fred Method & Future of Learning
As a kid living in my parents' house, I derived insane amounts of pleasure from rearranging my bedroom. It was like as soon as that dresser was moved to the other side of the room, I WAS A NEW PERSON. I rearranged my bookshelves on the regular. Sometimes alphabetically, sometimes by genre, other ... » Learn More about Alphabetizing, Organizing, & Other Things Teachers Weirdly Enjoy
Letting our kids flounder and fail is a hard but necessary part of parenting. As a teacher, I've encountered my fair share of "fixers:" parents who want to save their child from the fight. Of course I'm not talking about a fight that leads to unsafe situations or harm; I'm talking about the kind of ... » Learn More about Hey Parents, Let’s Try Less Fixing & More Listening
During my first year of teaching, we had to send a hard copy of our homeroom attendance to the office before a certain time to ensure attendance bulletins were accurate. I would forget to send my attendance by the deadline, on average, twice a week. I spent many a'day apologizing to our superhero ... » Learn More about Things Teachers Say or Think Every Morning
The older I get, the more I get my kicks from really pathetic stuff. Like, what's better than being all caught up on laundry (for that one whole hour...)?! I'll answer my own question: ordering take-out. Apparently the temporary highs of cleaning and food prepared by someone else are enough to ... » Learn More about Unsung Heroes of the Day
I imagine there are other professionals who also hit the Sunday slump, sluggish and pathetic and praying for an.y.thing to extend their weekend. But I can't imagine anyone more than teachers needing the extra time if for no other reason than to grade the papers they said they'd grade but ... » Learn More about What Happens to a Teacher’s Brain on Sunday Night
There are inherent quirks of being married to an educator. Like, when I try to get my husband's attention, I yell stuff like: "ONE TWO THREE, ALL EYES ON ME." It's only fair since he forces me listen to stories about AP Statistics... Pile on a pandemic, though, and those previously perceived ... » Learn More about Married to a Teacher During the Pandemic? I Feel Your Pain.
I've been following Bored Teachers for years. The site has always provided me a much-needed reprieve from the stress that naturally accompanies the profession of education. Bored Teachers' tongue-in-cheek social media platforms speak directly to my soul. Specifically tidbits like this: Especially ... » Learn More about Me + Bored Teachers = YAY!
To celebrate my 40th birthday, my husband surprised me with a long weekend away in a cabin located in the literal middle of nowhere. Any other weekend, I would have been ecstatic to unplug, but this weekend just happened to be the one where the 2020 Presidential Election dragged on (and on), and we ... » Learn More about 5 Things I Hope We Can Salvage in Post-Trump America
When our beautiful city of Pittsburgh began reopening after quarantine, it did so as thoughtfully, incrementally, and safely as possible. So when Fogo de Chao's Sales Manager, Mr. Gary White, invited me to check out the private dining options, I knew I was in good hands. I also knew it was an ... » Learn More about (Fo)go to Dinner